A standout amongst the most grand and delightful temples of Vrindavan, ISKCON Temple was designed by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). The temple is prominently known as Raman-Reti and houses icons of Krishna and his sibling Balaram, alongside Radha other than her Shyam Sunder.
ISKCON Temple’s intricate is likewise the samadhi (last resting spot) of the scholar and originator of ISKCON, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a white marble tomb that pays appreciation to his life and commitments. In case you’re here around Janmashtami in September/October or for Holi in March, make certain to visit this temple for the sheer quality of energy and festivity.
The other important places of ISKCON in Vrindavan are International Guest House, Gurukula School, Srila Prabhupada Memorial & Museum and Kirtan Ashram.
Kirtan Ashram is an Ashram for the Women of ISKCON located on the Vridavan Parikrama Road, a three-minute walk from the Krishna-Balaram Temple.
ISKCON Vrindavan History
The very well-known ISKCON Temple is a must visit while in Vrindavan. Dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna the ISKCON Temple belongs to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and was established personally by AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder ISKCON, in 1975. The temple is dedicated to both Lord Krishna and his brother Balaram.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami (Srila Prabhupada) in New York City in 1966. ISKCON is coming in the disciplic Gaudiya (refers to Bengal) Vaishnavism line, a devotional tradition based on the teachings of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. ISKCON’s history includes a disciplic succession (sampradaya or guru parampara). It draws its legitimacy from its place in a succession of spiritual teachers and disciples (parampara). There are four major disciplic successions, and ISKCON belongs to the Brahma-Gaudiya-Madhva (referring to Madhvacharya [A.D. 1239-1319]) sampradaya, founded by Lord Krishna Himself.
The precepts and practices of ISKCON were taught and codified by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1532) who was an incarnation of Lord Sri Krishna Himself, along with His brother Nityananda Prabhu and six of His principle associates, the Goswamis of Vrindavana (Sanatana, Rupa, Jiva, Gopal Bhatta, Raghunatha Dasa and Raghunatha Bhatta).
The Bhagavad-gita, the principal scripture of The Hare Krishna Movement, is an eternal teaching, having Its’ written origins more than 5000-years ago, and before that time it was an oral tradition handed down from teacher to student from time immemorial.
Sri Chaitanya gave a powerful impetus for a massive bhakti (devotional) movement throughout India. Under His direction hundreds of volumes on the philosophy of Krishna consciousness were compiled. Many devotees followed in the preceptorial line of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu including in the 19th century an outstanding Vaishnava theologian, Bhaktivinoda Thakura (1838-1914) who brought Krishna consciousness to a modern audience by first sending a book on the Teachings of Lord Caitanya to McGill University in Canada in 1896. Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s son, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami (1874- 1937), became the guru of Srila Prabhupada (1896-1977) and instructed him to spread Krishna consciousness to the English speaking people of the West. On this order, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada took a perilous journey across the Atlantic Ocean to USA in 1965, and consequently started the most auspicious spiritual movement, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, for the fulfillment of his guru’s desire. ISKCON quickly spread to the major cities of the whole world in a mere 11 years.
|Kirtan in Krishna Balaram Temple|
ISKCON Temple Darshan Timings:
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Krishna Balaram Temple,
Bhakivedanta Swami MArg,
Best time to visit
The best time to visit ISKCON is during the winter months between November and March as the summers tend to get extremely hot in Vrindavan. ISKCON is also renowned for its Holi celebrations during February/March.
The ISKCON boarding school adjacent to the ISKCON temple is run on the lines of a Gurukul, which is an ancient holistic kind of educational system. The students and gurus live together in the school and their dress code is the traditional dhoti kurta.
The Temple is open from 5:00 am till 12:00 pm in the morning and then it is closed for four hours. It reopens in the evening from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm. Entry to the Temple is free.
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